PROHEALTH Objectives

  • Identify the risk factors for production diseases and establish associations between disease .

  • Explore the role of genetic and environmental factors on neonatal survival and in exerting longer-term developmental influences on health.

  • Evaluate the effects of genetic selection for productive traits on susceptibility and identify strategies to prevent these.

  • Determine the role of farm environment variation on the expression of production diseases over time

  • Characterize microbiological and immunological changes and identify pathological changes at the molecular level which take place during production diseases in order to develop diagnostic tools.

  • Implement reduction strategies for production diseases on a farm and assess the efficacy reducing disease prevalence or severity.

  • Identify economically viable and socially acceptable control strategies ways to control pathologies, with emphasis on animal welfare implications.

Key Facts




 Sustainable pig and poultry production: an integrated and  multi-factorial  approach

Start Date

 01 December 2013

End Date 

 30 November 2018


 60 months


 € 11.9 million